The last queen

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, 1956-

Book - 2022

"'I am Rani Jindan, Mother of the Khalsa. That is my identity. That is my fate.' Daughter of the royal kennel keeper, the beautiful Jindan Kaur went on to become Maharaja Ranjit Singh's youngest and last queen; his favourite. She became regent when her son Dalip, barely six years old, unexpectedly inherited the throne. Sharp-eyed, stubborn, passionate, and dedicated to protecting her son's heritage, Jindan distrusted the British and fought hard to keep them from annexing... Punjab. Defying tradition, she stepped out of the zenana, cast aside the veil and conducted state business in public. Addressing her Khalsa troops herself, she inspired her men in two wars against the 'firangs'. Her power and influence were so formidable that the British, fearing an uprising, robbed the rebel queen of everything she had, including her son. She was imprisoned and exiled. But that did not crush her indomitable will. An exquisite love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary tale about loyalty and betrayal, and a powerful parable of the indestructible bond between mother and child, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's unforgettable novel brings alive one of the most fearless women of the nineteenth century, an inspiration for our times."--Amazon.

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Published
New York, NY HarperCollins [2022]
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published in India in 2021 by HarperCollins India.
Physical Description
xvi, 362 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780063161870
0063161877
Main Author
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, 1956- (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A commoner elevated to royalty, Queen Jindan, when her husband dies, leaving her 6-year-old son to inherit the throne, defies tradition to transform herself into a warrior ruler, determined to protect her people and son's birthright from the encroachingBritish Empire"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A commoner elevated to royalty, Queen Jindan, when her husband dies, leaving her 6-year-old son to inherit the throne, defies tradition to transform herself into a warrior ruler, determined to protect her people and son’s birthright from the encroaching British Empire. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

WINNER of the 2022 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WORKING WOMEN AWARD for BEST FICTION OF THE YEAR!LONGLISTED for 2022 DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD!She rose from commoner to become the last reigning queen of India’s Sikh Empire. In this dazzling novel, based on true-life events, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents the unforgettable story of Jindan, who transformed herself from daughter of the royal kennel keeper to powerful monarch. Sharp-eyed, stubborn, and passionate, Jindan was known for her beauty. When she caught the eye of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, she was elevated to royalty, becoming his youngest and last queen—and his favorite. And when her son, barely six years old, unexpectedly inherited the throne, Jindan assumed the regency. She transformed herself from pampered wife to warrior ruler, determined to protect her people and her son’s birthright from the encroaching British Empire.Defying tradition, she stepped out of the zenana, cast aside the veil, and conducted state business in public, inspiring her subjects in two wars. Her power and influence were so formidable that the British, fearing an uprising, robbed the rebel queen of everything she had, but nothing crushed her indomitable will.An exquisite love story of a king and a commoner, a cautionary tale about loyalty and betrayal, a powerful parable of the indestructible bond between mother and child, and an inspiration for our times, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel brings alive one of the most fearless women of the nineteenth century, one whose story cries out to be told.